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background

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of background

  1. 1 the physical conditions or features that form the setting against which something is viewed they got married on a mountain top with the sunset as background Synonyms of background backdrop, ground Words Related to background mise-en-scène, scene, scenery, set, stage; entourage, environment, milieu, setting, surroundings Near Antonyms of background foreground; center, focal point, focus, heart

  2. 2 the place and time in which the action for a portion of a dramatic work (as a movie) is set the background of that movie is the World War II era Synonyms of background scene, locale, settingWords Related to background backdrop, scenery, set; mise-en-scène, tableau

Synonym Discussion of background

background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development.
    • the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots
setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms.
    • a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting
environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development.
    • the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents
milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons.
    • an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation
mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect.
    • a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène


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